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The 100 Update and Announcing My Business Journal Column

Autumn is here, which for many of us, still evokes back-to-school memories and excitement about learning. What better time to brush up on workplace fundamentals, from building a winning business to advancing as a star performer? If you haven’t had a chance to read my latest book, The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership, I urge you to do so now. Intertech has received more than 50 awards for growth, innovation and being a great place to work. The 100… Read More

Open Source Disney, Using a *NIX System, and Much More

Our Dev Digest this Friday has a lot to offer. If you are looking for good content, then we have what you need. This week, we found a video on how to identify why a site is slow with Dev Tools. Next to that is a free Introduction to Git tutorial. Read on! Articles and Videos: Is your site slow? Identify why it isn’t running the right speed with Dev Tools. If you love Disney, then you’ll love the fact that… Read More

Dev Community: SSRS 2016 Report Viewer Toolbar Icons Not Displaying

At Intertech we believe strongly in contributing to and advancing the developer community. That means we’re often active members on sites and forums such as GitHub, Stack Overflow, and many other developer resource sites. We’ll often post updates on certain involvement here on our blog to keep our readers in the know. This post has to deal with a question regarding SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2016. Are you having trouble with your report viewer icons not displaying for SSRS 2016 Report Viewer V13? So… Read More

The Importance of IoT Security

About the author: Doug Laing is the Senior IT Security Consultant at UnitedHealth Group. With plenty of years in IT under his belt, Doug has a wealth of experience in working with uniquely designed networks and devices. In case you missed it, this week’s cyber security news has been dominated by the recent Yahoo breach affecting a mere 500 million users who had their credentials harvested.  I’m not going to go so far as to say this is something we… Read More

What Stack Overflow CEO Says, Automation, and Much More

We have a lot of great content collected by our devs in the 69th installment of Intertech’s Dev Digest. One person that developers should be listening to is the Stack Overflow CEO. Listen to what he has to say below. Also find out why automating workflows can be beneficial and not hurtful. Articles and Videos: See what the CEO of Stack Overflow has to say about letting your devs do their thing. Turning Pair Programming into a daily practice helps… Read More

Building a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Application (Part 2) – T4 and Strings

I just rolled off a client recently that needed to build a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application as part of their hardware and software solution.  For those who aren’t yet familiar with UWP, you can check out this article by Tyler Whitney. As many of you developers out there are aware, sometimes you have to build or bring with you a number of application infrastructure items before you can even get started with the core application logic.  For example, you… Read More

Organizational Benefits from Agile and Scrum Adoption [Video]

Our 2016 Learning Summit featured three sessions around IoT data technology, agile methodologies, and employee engagement. We’ll roll out all three sessions via this blog over the coming months. One topic we wanted to cover at our Learning Summit was the benefits of Agile and Scrum adoption and we couldn’t have had a better guest speaker for the topic. Lonnie Weaver-Johnson is our instructor for all of our Scrum Training courses at Intertech which routinely fill up quickly. Lonnie talked… Read More

Bad-Mouthing CSS, The Hardest Thing in Computer Science, and Much More

Starting to get a bit chilly out? Stay inside and read our weekly Dev Digest! In episode 68, we have content that talks about how we should start viewing CSS in a different light. Also included is a fun little quiz to test your ability on recognizing programming languages. Read more below! Articles and Videos: Find out why Chris Heilmann wants us to stop bad-mouthing CSS in developer talks in this recent post. Do you think you know your programming languages?… Read More

Exploring Entity Framework Core 1.0

It’s been an exciting world working with the latest Microsoft .NET technologies. First, .NET Core 1.0 was officially released, a lightweight multi-platform programming framework that has shown to be versatile for deployment. There is also a new ASP.NET Core 1.0 framework that offers a new opt-in (dependency injection) programming model at a much lower processing and memory expense. Finally, a complete rewrite of the Object-Relational Mapper (O/RM) called Entity Framework Core 1.0. Technically, Entity Framework (EF) has already been out… Read More

Thoughts from The 100: Team Work Makes the Dream Work (Part 2)

In my previous post I shared some of the principles leaders use at Intertech to lead and grow team members. This information can also be found in my new book, “The 100: Building Blocks for Business Leadership.” Today I will finish describing those principles, beginning with: Principle #4: Assess Results Quickly High-performance professionals expect clarity in performance appraisals and promotions. We make sure to set expectations clearly from a new employees’ very first day. We also give frequent feedback along… Read More